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Dougw
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Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 1:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=/20070615/COL 10/706150338

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City could use crime team's help

June 15, 2007
BY ROCHELLE RILEY
FREE PRESS COLUMNIST

Detroit is one of the most violent cities in the nation. More than 400 people were murdered here last year. A growing drug trade has some neighborhoods under siege. A thug's brutal beating of a 91-year-old man to steal his car made national news.

So you'd think that when the U.S. Justice Department dispatched special crime-fighting units to cities across America -- in two separate deployments over three years -- that Detroit would have gotten one.

You'd be wrong.

The Motor City got left behind partly because U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy refused to support one, saying his Eastern District hasn't had enough attorneys to prosecute cases that would develop from the team's arrests.

"You've got to understand we have not been able to hire assistant United States attorneys since basically from late 2005 until just this summer," he said. "We have been under directives to reduce our staff to comply with budgetary issues and with Project Safe Neighborhoods, national security, gang efforts, we're stretched pretty thin. ...

"When the teams push people for federal prosecution, they come to our office. If we don't have the staff to try the cases, we're not doing anybody any good by hiring additional law enforcement resources," said Murphy, whose office, according to a spokesperson, had 100 attorneys in January 2005 and has 99 today.

Try as I might to understand the practical and purposeful, Murphy's position is the same as saying, "Let's not hire more police officers in the city of Detroit because the caseload might be too much for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to handle."

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Detroit_stylin
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Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 1:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah that makes ZERO sense...
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Thejesus
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Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 2:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Yeah that makes ZERO sense..."

Actually, although it's not a good situation, it makes perfect sense...
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 2:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So how about sending a team here INSTEAD of one of the other places they were sent, rather than in ADDITION to? Sounds like they're afraid of failure to me.
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Detroitrulez
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Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 2:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

according to the blog southof8mile, we obviously don't need any federal help, as murders this year are only at approximately 45 or, which puts us at roughly 100 for the year. When compared to over 400 murders last year, that is obviously a huge improvement!! Amazing work by DPD.
rise detroit RISE!
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Dougw
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Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 3:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Actually, if we were on pace for 100 murders this year, that *would* be a huge improvement, which really would represent amazing work by the DPD, or by someone. Unfortunately, I think your numbers are wrong, I thought it was more like a pace of 300/year, a slight improvement.

Even if the murder rate is down, the property crime rate has got to be way up this year, with copper thefts and all.
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Charlottepaul
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Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 3:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You pick your battles where you can (in any profession for that matter).
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Charlottepaul
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Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 3:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Detroit does seem to be falling off the list of murders: http://www.philly.com/inquirer /front_page/20070605_Phila__le ads_big_cities_in_murder_rate. html
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Quozl
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Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 3:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yea, that south of 8 Mile blog is on top of the situation, though the stats need to be updated.

Hey, south of 8 Mile dude, you got time on your hands to be playing and eating ice creams down by the river but you can't keep the stats current? Let's get with the game plan hoss or I'll be compelled to shave your head with a dull Bic razor and Vicks VapoRub!

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Hans57
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Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 4:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Charlottepaul, I wonder if Detroit wasn't included in the statistics because it fell short of 1,000,000. Las vegas is included, but Chicago is not as well. Strange.

Sorry, I didn't read further into it. Detroit is mentioned as very violent city, just in the smaller city category.

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